Emergencies are very rare. However, when they occur, timeliness of communication and response is critical. LC has instituted emergency procedures to effectively communicate the status of an emergency to the College community and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Please review the emergency information so that you are aware of these procedures.
Should a situation arise on or off campus that, in the judgment of Campus Safety and Security, the Office of the Dean of Students, and/or the Dean on Call constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students and employees, a timely warning is issued without delay.
Most often, the warning is issued to all students and employees via email as a written “security alert.”
If the safety of people outdoors is urgently threatened, the outdoor campus early alert system is used to make audible announcements. (Exception: Initiation of the notification system may be delayed if, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, a timely warning will compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or other mitigate the emergency.)
- Security Alerts (Email and Text Message)
- Safety Announcements (Email)
- Campus Early Alert System (Audible)
A security alert is a timely safety warning issued to students and employees through the College’s email system by Campus Safety and Security, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Dean on Call.
The purpose of a security alert is to inform the campus community that a crime or other emergency posing a serious or continuing threat to students or employees has been reported and to provide information that will aid personal safety and the prevention of similar crimes.
In general, a security alert includes the subject line “Security Alert,” a description of the safety threat, and of the suspect (if available), suggested actions for protecting oneself, and crime reporting contact information. Follow-up security alerts may be sent to provide new or clarifying information collected as the threat is addressed.
Security alerts are sent via email to all students and employees when classes are in session. During spring, summer, fall, Thanksgiving, and winter breaks in classes, security alerts are sent via email to all employees and to the appropriate subset of students residing on campus.
Depending on the particular circumstances of a threat, the office of College Communications and Marketing may also post a notice on the College’s official website (www.lynchburg.edu). In addition, printed copies of a security alert may be posted in residence halls; at the front door of each on-campus house, townhouse, and apartment; and in other campus buildings.
Security Alert Text Messages
Additionally, student and employees may elect to receive abbreviated versions of security alerts via text message. To register for this supplemental, text message safety notification service, a student or employee must provide a cell phone number on the registration form posted on “myLC” (http://myLC.lynchburg.edu, click on “Personal,” click on “My Notifications”).
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning through a security alert or with information about any crime or safety threat should immediately contact Campus Safety and Security by telephone (emergency: 434.544.5555; non-emergency: 434.544.8100), by emergency phone, or in person at the Information Desk (first floor, Hall Campus Center).
Different from a security alert about an ongoing safety threat, a safety announcement provides information about a crime that has occurred but does not pose a continuing threat (e.g., because the suspect was apprehended).
The purpose of a safety announcement is to aid the community in preventing a similar incident, to explain the presence of emergency vehicles on campus, and/or to provide information about crime committed off campus in Lynchburg that may have relevance for the LC community (e.g., an incident at another local campus, a series of thefts from cars parked on streets near campus).
In general, a safety announcement issued to students and/or employees through the College’s email system by Campus and Security, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Dean on Call includes the subject line “Safety Announcement,” a description of the safety incident, and suggested actions for preventing similar incidents.
University of Lynchburg has three outdoor warning siren/public address units on campus. In the event of an emergency which urgently threatens the safety of persons outdoors, the College may sound the sirens. The siren tones are designed to be quite loud and distinct, and the sound will carry throughout the campus and should be easily heard by those outdoors on campus.
The pre-recorded and live public address announcements that follow the siren tones are prone to echoing among campus buildings; how well one is able to understand the messages will depend on one’s location. All possible adjustments have been made to the system to improve the audibility of the voice messages; however, in some areas of campus, the messages can be very difficult to understand.
There are seven (7) pre-programmed messages on the campus alert system:
- “This is a test of the University of Lynchburg emergency warning system. This is only a test.” This message begins with the Westminster Chimes. It will sound every second Wednesday of the month at approximately 10 am. (Testing is mandated by FEMA.)
- “The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning. Please take cover indoors.” This message is preceded by the siren wail.
- “The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning. Please move to the interior areas of any building.” This message is preceded by the siren wail.
- “Intruder alert. Intruder alert. Remain where you are. Lock doors if possible and wait for the all clear.” This message is preceded by the siren wail.
- “Fire on campus. Please stand by for further instructions.” This message is preceded by the siren wail.
- “Emergency. Please stand by for further instructions.” This message is preceded by the siren wail.
- “This is an all clear; please resume your normal activities.” This message begins with the Westminster Chimes.
If the siren sounds due to severe weather or tornado warning:
- Seek cover in the closest building if you are outside.
- Stay in your classroom, room, or office if it is in the interior of the building; OR go to an interior hallway of the building; OR go to the lowest level possible; OR in a house or apartment, go to the center of the house or the bathroom.
- Stay away from windows, glass doors, and glass walls.
- Monitor the Web and your email for updates and instructions.
- Call 911 immediately if you have any information about damage or injuries.
- Stay in your area until you receive the “all clear” message from the Crisis Alert Siren or a message from a college official or emergency worker.
If the siren sounds due to an intruder (or if an intruder has been observed):
- Go to the closest classroom, room, or office and stay there.
- Shut the door and lock it, if possible; AND if possible, place a desk or chair in front of the door; AND if possible, wedge a shoe or belt under the door to prevent it from opening.
- Turn off the lights.
- Keep yourself and others in the room as quiet as possible, and switch cell phones to vibrate. Mute all computers, projectors, CD players, and other machines.
- Stay away from windows, glass doors, and glass walls.
- Monitor the University of Lynchburg website and your email for updates and instructions.
- Call 911 immediately if you have any information about the intruder or about injuries.
- Stay in your area until you receive the “all clear” message from the Crisis Alert Siren or a college official or emergency worker.